The Stupidest Angel
First edition cover
|Genre||Absurdist, Horror, Comic fantasy, Humor|
|Publisher||William Morrow & Company|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|LC Class||PS3563.O594 S78 2005|
|Preceded by||Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings|
|Followed by||A Dirty Job|
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror is a novel by American writer Christopher Moore. Set during Christmas, it brings together several favored characters from his previous books set in the fictional town of Pine Cove, a recurring location in Moore's novels.
An unabridged commercial compact disc recording of the original edition of The Stupidest Angel was issued with narration by Tony Roberts. In 2005 the novel won the Quill Award in the category of Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror.
In 2005, Moore released The Stupidest Angel, Version 2.0, the text of which remains unchanged from that of the 2004 edition, with the addition of a short story at the end taking place one year after the events of the novel.
An angel named Raziel (previously in Moore's novel Lamb) is sent to Earth to grant the wish of a child; he decides to help a boy who had witnessed the death of a man dressed as Santa Claus. Meanwhile, the town is preparing for a community dinner-gathering at the local church, near the cemetery. In his inept attempt to bring "Santa" back to life, the angel causes the townspeople to fall under siege by brain-hungry zombies who arise from their burial plots.
Links to Moore's other works
The story takes place in Pine Cove, setting of Practical Demonkeeping and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. Tucker Case, helicopter pilot for the DEA, and his pet fruitbat, Roberto, appeared in Island of the Sequined Love Nun. The angel mentioned in the title, Raziel, appeared in Lamb. And Sam Applebaum mentions his rastafarian cousin Preston who lives in Maui, who was seen in Fluke and Bite Me: A Love Story.
The title is a play on the title of the 1946 book The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell, which has been adapted several times by Hollywood.
- A cartoon frame summarizing the plot of the novel, from the comic strip Unshelved, dated June 4, 2006
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